February 26, 2018
Old Town Sacramento, steam trains, and, the Tower Bridge across the Sacramento River

After visiting with Shirley and Dan in Roseville, Dave and I drove through the California countryside and then headed back towards Sacramento.

Before we began the two-hour long drive back to San Francisco, we stopped and spent the late afternoon in historic Old Sacramento.

Here are some of the photos from our visit to the Old Town Sacramento.

My window view of dawn in San Francisco, on the morning of our road-trip to Roseville and Sacramento.

The morning's sunlight in the round room on February 12th




The best way to see a country is from the footplate of a locomotive.

George Dow






Every age has its dreams, its symbols of romance. Past generations were moved by the graceful power of the great windjammers, by the distant whistle of locomotives pounding through the night, by the caravans leaving on the Golden Road to Samarkand, by quinqueremes of Nineveh from distant Ophir . . . Our grandchildren will likewise have their inspiration-among the equatorial stars. They will be able to look up at the night sky and watch the stately procession of the Ports of Earth-the strange new harbors where the ships of space make their planetfalls and their departures.

Arthur C. Clarke


the whistle of the old steam trains ... could conjure up visions of bleak distances with one solitary wail.

M.C. Beaton





The locomotives are black. The coal is black. The tracks are black. The night is black. So what am I going to do with color?

O. Winston Link





James Watt patented his steam engine on the eve of the American Revolution, consummating a relationship between coal and the new Promethean spirit of the age, and humanity made its first tentative steps into an industrial way of life that would, over the next two centuries, forever change the world.

Jeremy Rifkin


Ideas for work are coming to me in abundance...I'm going like a painting-locomotive.

Vincent Van Gogh




The Internet, like the steam engine, is a technological breakthrough that changed the world.

Peter Singer


Villages and woods, meadows and chateaux, pass across the moving scene, out of which the whistling of locomotives throws sharp notes. These faint, piercing sounds, together with the yelping and barking of dogs, are the only noises that reach one through the depths of the upper air. The human voice cannot mount up into these boundless solitudes. Human beings look like ants along the white lines that are highways; and the rows of houses look like children's playthings.

Alberto Santos-Dumont


Sacramento, capital of the U.S. state of California, lies at the confluence of the Sacramento River and American River. The district of Old Sacramento harkens back to the city’s Gold Rush era, with wooden sidewalks and wagon rides. One of several museums in Old Sacramento, the California State Railroad Museum depicts the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, one of the country’s earliest technological feats.

The I Street Bridge crossing the Sacramento River

Located at the confluence of the Sacramento River and the American River, it is affectionately known as the 'River City'. ... Sacramento has a rich and vibrant history which goes back to 1839 when John Sutter arrived on the shore near the confluence of the American and Sacramento River.

With the promise of a Mexican land grant, Sutter and his landing party established Sutter's Fort. As the settlement grew and became permanent, it attracted other businessmen looking for opportunities.

The city was named after the Sacramento River, which forms its western border. The river was named by Spanish cavalry officer Gabriel Moraga for the Santísimo Sacramento (Blessed Sacrament), referring to the Catholic Eucharist.








Old Sacramento

Walking on History



Gold Rush Days in Old Sacramento

Labor Day



The Eagle Theatre is a reconstruction of the first building erected in California as a theater. The original playhouse, built of wood frame and canvas, with a tin roof, provided Gold Rush Sacramentans with entertainment for a mere three months before being inundated in the flood of January 4, 1850. 

Eagle Theatre



Lego Bear


Located in the Capital City's historic Old Sacramento area, the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum is a living replica of traditional one-room schoolhouses found throughout America in the late 1800s.


The Tower Bridge is a Vertical lift bridge across the Sacramento River, linking West Sacramento in Yolo County to the west, with the capital of California, Sacramento, in Sacramento County to the east. It was previously a part of U.S. Route 40 until that highway was truncated to east of Salt Lake City.





History of the Tower Bridge



Sacramento Press article on the history of the Tower Bridge













Late night on the Bay Bridge upon returning home to San Francisco


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